Liverpool City Region COVID-19 Updates - 2020-07-21

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This page last updated on 21 July 2020

LGA responds to new law to extend homes upwards and relaxing of planning applications

RESPONDING to new laws laid in Parliament today which will mean full planning applications will not be required to demolish and rebuild unused buildings as homes, and will allow homeowners to add up to 2 additional storeys to their home to create new homes or more living space, Local Government Association housing spokesman, Cllr David Renard, said:- "The planning system is not a barrier to house building with 9 in 10 planning applications approved by Councils. It gives local communities the power to shape the area they live in and provides an effective means of balancing the interests of homeowners and their neighbours. Neighbours have the right to a say on development and should not be exposed to the potential of unsightly large scale unsuitable extensions being built unchallenged and without scrutiny in their communities. Taking further planning powers away from communities and Councils will only deprive them of the ability to define the area they live in and know best. It risks giving developers the freedom to ride roughshod over local areas with communities having no way of ensuring they meet high quality standards, provide any affordable homes as part of the development or ensure supporting infrastructure such as roads, Schools and Health Services are in place. It is vital that Councils and local communities have a voice in the planning process and are able to oversee all local developments."

Test and trace system "must improve" ahead of Schools' return, says MP

MP Bill Esterson has called for an improvement in the Covid-19 test and trace system to ensure that Schools are safe for a September return. The MP has been contacted by concerned Teachers and parents, who say that it has taken too long to put testing in place and that there have been long waits for results to be returned, which has had a knock on effect in Schools. Routine testing of staff at Schools would address this and also pick up those who were not showing symptoms but could still pass on the infection, said the MP. As the summer term comes to an end this week, the MP said it was vital that the Government uses the six-week break to prepare an effective and responsive testing system in time for the new term in September. He also called for more support for parents who may be returning to work after the Coronavirus lockdown and struggling to find childcare over the summer holidays.

Mr Esterson said:-
"I know that Teachers want to see our children back in School where they can get the very best education. Children have missed out, not everyone has been lucky enough to study in full at home and even for those whose have had full access to the internet and online learning, it has been far short of what they would have had in School. The Government should be doing all it can to help Schools make new arrangements and to make them safely. But Teachers who have been working in Schools over the lockdown period have contacted me to say that when there has been a suspected case in School, it has often taken many days for the staff member or child to get a test and then more time waiting to get the result. If you are not able to drive to a testing site, a test is posted out to you, and some people are waiting five days or more for the result to come back. While waiting for results the other Teachers and the children in the bubble are to continue to attend School as normal. In this time the virus could be spreading throughout the School. The testing system must be improved so that where there are infections, the spread can be stopped as quickly as possible. When we're going to have 30 children in a so called "bubble" in primary Schools, and as many as 240 in high Schools, it is imperative that we get results from suspected cases quickly in order to react swiftly and protect other staff, pupils and family members, who are often at higher risk of infection. We need to look at what other countries are doing as well, such as Denmark. Denmark has gone out of its way to find additional buildings, so children can be looked after in safer environments. They have put in place proper test and trace before Schools have gone back. They've made sure there is proper PPE for staff, and that staff who are at risk continue to be protected, that children with high risk family members continue to be protected. We've got to be really careful how we do this so we don't spread infection. While children are relatively low risk, and appear to be less likely to be seriously ill, infections in Schools do run round very quickly. There is also a significant concern for older family members and other people who have underlying health problems. Whole School closures due to the spread of the virus would have another devastating impact on children's education and to avoid these we must have an effective testing system. Safety must come first and Schools are not set up for the kind of distancing that is needed. You can't have classes of 30 and avoid infection risk. We've already seen it in Schools in some countries where children have gone back and they have had outbreaks. We can't have that. It's got to be done safely, working with head. Teachers, with School staff, trade unions, with parents and the local council. The Government must work with everyone involved and stop doing everything from the centre, which had been 1 of the problems which has made the outbreak so much worse in the UK than elsewhere. Teachers in my constituency are calling for regular testing of all teaching staff as is done in other sectors, and I support them. I have written to the Education Secretary to make him aware of these concerns."

The MP also said that parents and children needed more help during the School Holidays, and he backed the footballer Marcus Rashford's campaign for meal vouchers to continue through the break. He said:-
"Labour pushed hard to get free School Meals continued over the summer, which happily we got and Marcus Rashford's involvement was crucial for ensuring the change of heart by the Government. Holiday provision and clubs for children to go to are really important if people want to go to work. There have been gaps in the support available, and it's been difficult for families to get the support they need, whether it is free School meals vouchers or wider support, such as with childcare. If people are struggling, they can always contact me direct and my staff will help them. Talk to the School and the council and by all means email me and I will try to find someone to help."

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Total UK cases COVID-19 cases - update for Liverpool City Region and surroundings

THE total number of UK Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections that have been laboratory confirmed, within the UK, has risen by 445 cases and the total number now stand at 295,817, that includes tests carried out by commercial partners which are not included in the 4 National totals.

Daily number of COVID-19 associated UK fatalities added to the total, was sadly reported to be
110 according to the Department of Health. The total number of deaths of people who have had a positive test result confirmed by a Public Health or NHS laboratory is 45,422.

In England, there are a total of 254,519 confirmed cases. North West - total of 44,410 confirmed cases. The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-

► Liverpool, 2,485 confirmed cases.

► Sefton, 1,544 confirmed cases.

► Wirral, 2,047 confirmed cases.

► St. Helens, 1,197 confirmed cases

► Halton, 695 confirmed cases.

► Blackpool, 1,035 confirmed cases.

Blackburn with Darwen, 1,205 confirmed cases. Under local lockdown warning

► Bolton, 1,915 confirmed cases.

► Bury, 1,304 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire West and Chester, 2,007 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire East, 2,225 confirmed cases.

► Lancashire, 6,892 confirmed cases.

► Manchester, 3,047 confirmed cases.

► Oldham, 1,930 confirmed cases.

► Rochdale, 1,763 confirmed cases.

► Stockport, 1,663 confirmed cases.

► Tameside, 1,547 confirmed cases.

► Trafford, 1,291 confirmed cases.

► Wigan, 2,148 confirmed cases.

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